La Liga Table 2018: Latest Standings Following Friday's Week 14 Results

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2018

, SPAIN - OCTOBER 21: Adri Embarba of Rayo Vallecano during the La Liga Santander  match between Rayo Vallecano v Getafe on October 21, 2018 (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates /Getty Images)
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Rayo Vallecano moved to within three points of safety in La Liga on Friday after Adri Embarba's second-half goal was enough to see them to a 1-0 win over Eibar.

The victory, just Rayo's second of the 2018/19 campaign, doesn't move them out of 19th, although the pressure is now on 18th-ranked Athletic Bilbao and No. 17 Leganes ahead of the weekend's matches. Eibar remain in 10th after the disappointing loss.      

On Sunday, leaders Sevilla visit Alaves at Mendizorroza, and Barcelona host Villarreal. Real Madrid, whom Eibar hammered 3-0 last weekend, will be seeking to get back on track in La Liga at home against Valencia.

Here's a look at what happened at Vallecas on Friday and a preview of what's to come from Spain's top flight this weekend.


Friday, November 30

Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Eibar


Saturday, December 1

Celta Vigo vs. Huesca

Real Valladolid vs. Leganes

Getafe vs. Espanyol

Real Madrid vs. Valencia


Sunday, December 2

Real Betis vs. Real Sociedad

Girona vs. Atletico Madrid

Barcelona vs. Villarreal

Alaves vs. Sevilla


Monday, December 3

Levante vs. Athletic Bilbao


Standings (Played, Points, GD)

1. Sevilla (13, 26, 11)

2. Barcelona (13, 25, 16)

3. Atletico Madrid (13, 24, 8)

4. Alaves (13, 23, 4)

5. Espanyol (13, 21, 4)

6. Real Madrid (13, 20, 1)

7. Girona (13, 20, 1)

8. Real Sociedad (13, 19, 2)

9. Levante (13, 18, -1)

10. Eibar (14, 18, -4)

For the La Liga table in full visit the competition website.


Friday Recap

Following their remarkable win over Real Madrid last week, it was no surprise to see Eibar start with confidence on the road.

Sergi Enrich should've put them ahead early on but could only fire wide when he was well-placed; that was before Joan Jordan had a stinging effort stopped by goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski. At the other end, Rayo offered little against their determined opponents.

At the start of the second period, the home side made Eibar pay for the profligacy. They came out with much more intent, and after Embarba rattled the post, a delicate flick at the end of a slick passing move saw his team move ahead in the 53rd minute.

OptaJose noted that the forward can be clinical when he gets opportunities:

OptaJose @OptaJose

7 - Adrián Embarba scored in his only shot on target in five of the seven #LaLiga games he has scored in Primera División (seven goals). Efficacy https://t.co/27K2b6kDdK

Embarba was proving too hot to handle for the Eibar defence after opening the scoring and should have netted his second when he turned a dangerous cross wide.

Eibar offered little as an attacking force in response, and while that will disappoint their supporters, they'll know they should've put themselves in a better position after the first period.


Weekend Preview

EIBAR, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: Toni Kroos of Real Madrid, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Eibar v Real Madrid at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on November 24, 2018 in Eibar Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccra
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Having taken top spot last weekend with a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, Sevilla will be keen to capitalise on the troubles of some of the other elite sides in the Spanish top flight.

While the win last weekend wasn't their best performance, their display was indicative of a team that are comfortable in their own skin.

Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge believes that in Pablo Sarabia they boast one of the best players in the division:

David Cartlidge @davidjaca

Sarabia as good as any player in a major European league right now. His form, general level, has been incredible for some time. Changes games in blink of an eye.

Alaves away is no walk in the park, though. At 7-4-2, they sit in fourth after a surprisingly strong start to the campaign.

Barcelona will be glad to get back to the Camp Nou after two tough away games (Atletico Madrid in La Liga and PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League). On Saturday, they grabbed a last-gasp equaliser in the 90th minute to get a point at Atletico Madrid. 

They also have Lionel Messi back in form following his return from a broken arm, and the forward netted a remarkable goal in midweek against PSV Eindhoven. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he's been the most productive player in European football so far this season:

OptaJean @OptaJean

20+ - Players among the top 5 leagues involved in 20 goals or more in all competitions in 2018/19: 🇦🇷Messi : 23 (15 goals, 8 assists) 🇵🇱Lewandowski : 21 (17 goals, 4 assists) 🇧🇷Neymar : 20 (14 goals, 6 assists) 🇫🇷Haller : 20 (11 goals, 9 assists) Wunderbar. https://t.co/A7dHYLcjpl

Real Madrid's La Liga position is looking increasingly terminal after they were hammered by Eibar on Saturday.

Valencia have the ability to cause them problems at the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Che are a dangerous counter-attacking team. However, the 2-0 win Real Madrid enjoyed over Roma in the Champions League in midweek should settle them down ahead of this encounter.